Ophthalmology

​Education Coordinator: Joshua Nelson
Phone: 206.685.1601
Email: joshnel@uw.edu 
Box 359608

Block Calendar:
Your clerkship dates must correspond with our Clinical Elective Schedule . You must start at the beginning of the block(s) and finish at the end of the block(s).

To Apply:
  1. Please contact the Education Coordinator for availability.
  2. Applications must be received at least 6 weeks prior to the start of the requested clerkship date.
  3. You must meet all eligibility requirements of the Visiting Student Clinical Elective Program.
  4. Complete the VSAS application and upload all supplemental materials to VSAS. Please upload a copy of CV, USMLE/COMLEX scores, most recent medical school transcript and letter of reference from home institution to VSAS with your application. No action will be taken on your application until it is complete.
  5. Departments may not "pre-enroll" or hold spaces for potential visiting students, regardless of their intent or qualifications.
  6. Placement in an elective in Ophthalmology does not guarantee an interview for the Ophthalmology Residency Program.
Cancelations:
You must withdraw at least 6 weeks before your starting date. Fees are non-refundable. All cancelations and changes must be made in writing to the Education Coordinator.

 

Course # OPHTH 681 – HMC/UW Eye Institute

Offered A, W, Sp, S – 2-4 Weeks
Instructor:  Francis
Prerequisites: Completion of basic science curriculum, third or fourth year medical student standing

The student will participate in the diagnosis and management of commonly-seen eye diseases; sub-specialty clinics will include cornea, retina, neuro-ophthalmology, glaucoma, contact lenses, and strabismus. Student attends regularly scheduled grand rounds, didactic lectures, conferences in ophthalmic basic and clinical science. Students also gain experience in the diagnosis and treatment of common ocular disorders. Basic examination techniques include tonometry, ophthalmoscopy, and biomicroscopy (slit lamp).

Enrollment: 3 students

Course # OPHTH 683 – Children’s-Seattle

Offered A, W, Sp, S – 2 Weeks

Instructors: Weiss/Baran
Prerequisites: Contact department prior to applying to obtain permission. Prerequisite of at least one prior ophthalmology rotation.Completion of basic science curriculum, third or fourth year medical student standing.

The student will examine and observe treatment of children with ocular diseases and will learn to differentiate trivial from potentially blinding disorders.

Enrollment: 1 student (by department permission only)

Course # OPHTH 685 – VAPSHCS

Offered A, W, Sp, S – 2 Weeks
Instructor: Lam
Prerequisites: Completion of basic science curriculum, third or fourth year medical student standing. Elective must be scheduled no later than 6 weeks prior to the beginning of the clerkship.

The student will participate in the diagnosis and treatment of medical and surgical ocular disease. This clerkship includes outpatient examinations, inpatient surgery, as well as neuro-ophthalmological, retinal and glaucoma consultations. Student learns basic techniques involved in tonometry, ophthalmoscopy, and biomicroscopy of the eye.

Enrollment: 1 student

Course # OPHTH 686 – GHC

Offered A, W, Sp – 2 Weeks
Instructors: Gorman/Brandt
Prerequisites: Completion of basic science curriculum, third or fourth year medical student standing

The student will work with clinical faculty in the diagnosis and treatment of ocular diseases commonly seen in outpatients. Each week the student will be assigned to the Group Health Cooperative ophthalmologist responsible for the care of walk-in and urgent patients (most likely to demonstrate findings pertinent to the future practice of primary care physicians). There will be an opportunity to learn examination techniques including tonometry, ophthalmoscopy, and biomicroscopy.

Enrollment: 1 student

Course # OPHTH 695 – Advanced Ophthalmology Clerkship – Harborview Medical Center, 4 West Clinic, Seattle

Offered A, W, Sp, S – 2 Weeks 
Instructors: Francis 
Prerequisites: Fourth-year medical students. Department/site permission only. Must have previously completed an ophthalmology clerkship.

The student will participate in the diagnosis and management of commonly-seen eye diseases; Student attends regularly scheduled grand rounds, didactic lectures, conferences in ophthalmic basic and clinical science. Student also gains in depth experience in the diagnosis and treatment of common ocular disorders. Students should be familiar with basic examination techniques such as tonometry, ophthalmoscopy, and biomicroscopy (slit lamp). 

Enrollment: 1 student